Thai rain making comes to Qld Ron Corben
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A rain-making method developed by Thai king Bhumipol Adulyadej is set to aid Queensland in
battles with drought after an agreement between the state government and the Thai royal household.
The Queensland government's access to the rain-making technology, developed by King Bhumipol
over the past 30 years, came a year after the state approached the royal household last year.
As a result, Queensland is set to be the first major region outside Thailand where the rain-making
technology will be put into full effect.
Advertisement: Story continues below In the past, Australia had joined other nations requesting
information exchange and technology on the technique.
But Soothiporn Jitmittraparp, secretary general of the National Research Council of Thailand, said
similarities in topography in Thailand and Queensland would be beneficial to the success of the
"The climate and geology of Queensland drought area is very similar to some parts of Thailand. So
we're quite sure this technology can be used effectively in Queensland," Soothiporn told AAP.
The technique largely relies on cloud seeding generally undertaken using chemicals that promote
the formation of water droplets within the cloud formations.
The chemical cloud seeding in turn creates clouds with differing temperatures at different altitudes.
There are several stages in the process, with sodium chloride used in the final stage to trigger rain.
"If that kind of cloud is set up in a very good condition, then the cloud will condense into water and
the rain will begin falling," Soothiporn said.
In Thailand, the cloud-seeding method has been applied in the largely drought-affected north-east of
the country as well as boosting water volume in dams and reservoirs and aiding reforestation
Mr Soothiporn said the agreement is also set to boost bilateral cooperation between Thailand and
Australia in areas of meteorology and weather programs.
Talks between the state government and the Thai royal household began in 2009 but an agreement
was reached only in June.
It allows for exchange of scientists to study the rain-making methods. The technique was recognised
in 2005 and covered by patents in 30 European countries.
Reports said Queensland Premier Anna Bligh had recently forwarded a letter to King Bhumipol, now
83, acknowledging the assistance for access to the techniques.
Queensland initially made the request for assistance when the state was more than 35 per cent
drought affected in 2009. But heavy rains across the region over the first half of this year has left
less than two per cent of coverage still affected.
|Colin Andrews Report:
The Australian Government Signed Contract to Turn
Queensland into a wetland
On January 15th, 2010 I received the first e-mail from a man in Australia who was concerned
by a strange symbol he had seen on the weather radar operated by The Bureau of
Meteorology (BOM), a department of the Australian government.
I was not to know then that many more e-mails were to follow from others across the
continent after I posted the findings of my research into that first mysterious ring.
As the months past, large areas of Australia transitioned from a thousand year record
drought, into super storms which placed major cities under 100 year floods of water and hail
and in just minutes.
The mysterious radar patterns kept appearing across the country and BOM kept saying
some could be explained but some could not. They even posted a notice to this effect on
their official website.
Then if you had your eyes glued and knew where to look, news broke that the Government
had signed a contract to convert the drought over Queensland into rain. That agreement
for weather modification slipped under the radar, so to speak! and still after the most
devastating effects of floods in that area, nobody it seems is talking about it. We hear plenty
about El Nino but nothing about the government deal. Are the floods of biblical proportions
the outcome of the weather modification contract they signed up for? Did it all go terribly
Colin Andrews Report
Posted January 17, 2011
|A rain-making method developed
by Thai king Bhumipol Adulyadej
is set to aid Queensland in
battles with drought
|Queensland is set to be the first
major region outside Thailand
where the rain-making
technology will be put into full
|we're quite sure this technology
can be used effectively in
Queensland," Soothiporn told
.....agreement is also set to
boost bilateral cooperation
between Thailand and Australia
in areas of meteorology and
|Talks between the state
government and the Thai royal
household began in 2009 but
an agreement was reached
only in June.
|The technique was recognised
in 2005 and covered by
patents in 30 European
|Queensland initially made the
request for assistance when
the state was more than 35 per
cent drought affected in 2009
Photo: The Daily Telegraph.
Saturday March 6, 2010 - Center of Melbourne.
|Man-made or Climate Change Weather over Australia?
Posted January 11, 2011